Call for Secretary-Treasurer Candidates

The APA Sustainable Communities Division will elect a new Secretary-Treasurer in August. This is an exciting opportunity for you to consider stepping forward to serve and help lead one of APA’s newest and most vibrant Divisions. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 3rd, 2016. On top of lending your skills to the responsibilities listed below, serving in this position allows you to grow your professional network, gives you the capability to directly influence the Division’s activities, and have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders in the sustainability planning field.

For more detail, please visit the information page.

More information on APA Division elections here.

e-Bulletin for 05/05/2016







In this issue

  • Digit Coast Act and Program
  • 2016 SCD Award for Excellence in Sustainability highlights
  • US Department of Transportation’s “Ladders of Opportunity”
  • Thinking broadly about the resource cost of living
  • And more!

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e-Bulletin for 04/07/2016



In this issue

  • Edinburgh’s street speed limits strategy
  • Struggles and achevements in improving walkability
  • Imagine future green city
  • Six Foundations for Community Resilience
  • And more!

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2016 Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability Announced



American Planning Association – Sustainable Communities Division Announces the Winners of the Third Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability.

Phoenix, AZ- April 4, 2016 – The American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) announced the third annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The awards honor project, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities. The SCD supports planners who are committed to planning for sustainable communities by integrating all aspects of sustainability into their work through the combined economic, social, and ecological factors that shape communities.

In partnership with the International and Urban Design and Preservation Divisions, the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability have expanded to an international audience, with nominations coming in from across the globe. The winners represent extraordinary achievements in 7 Sustainable Planning categories.

More information about the winning projects and program background.

e-Bulletin for 03/24/2016



In this issue

  • Energy-efficient Low-income Housing
  • US DOT National Transit Map
  • Chicago’s Parcel-based Growth Chicago Calculator
  • Bioswales and Low Impact Development
  • And more!

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e-Bulletin for 03/10/2016








In this issue

  • Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning
  • Re-tenant Vacant Buildings for Affordable Housing
  • 100 Resilient Cities
  • Mobile Fresh Food Vendor Program
  • And more!

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APA National Planning Conference Series – Reception and the 3rd Annual Excellence in Sustainability Awards

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
DeSoto Central Market, Phoenix, AZ

Please join us for a Reception hosted by the Sustainable Communities Division, Urban Design & Preservation Division, International Division, and the New Urbanism Division.

Read More about event details.